Stress and Your Teeth

Stress is broadly defined as an organism’s reaction to an external stressor. It has adverse affects to our health, but it affects our oral health as well. Here is a short list of possible consequences of stress, and a brief idea on how to reduce those stressors.

Mouth Sores

Canker sores are small sores that appear in your mouth. They usually have a white surface, but may also be grayish in color. Experts have yet to pinpoint the exact cause of canker sores, but we do know that a lack of sleep and an abundance of stress will cause outbreaks to occur. While these sores are not contagious, they can be very uncomfortable for the patient. If you want to treat them yourself, the best thing you can do is stay away from spicy and acidic foods. There are also topical creams you can purchase over-the-counter that can alleviate some of the discomfort.

Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is caused by stress. Grinding usually happens subconsciously, and it can happen whether you’re conscious or not. If this already happens to you, the best thing you can do for yourself is to seek out a doctor. He may be able to suggest a night guard or some other treatment to help deal with the problem.

Gum Disease

Stress has a tendency to weigh down our bodies and make us lose focus on the objective at hand. It’s easy to forget that you haven’t brushed your teeth for the day when you’re worried about losing your job, or a family member. It’s hard not to let stress get to you, but it shouldn’t ground your routines. Aside from keeping up with your brushing and flossing, it’s a good idea to start eating healthy and exercising as well. Your teeth will thank you for eating foods that keep your mouth healthy, and you’re likely to reduce plaque and gum disease.

If you think you’re becoming depressed, don’t wait. Talk to a health care professional and get some medicine for the problem. Exercise, as mentioned, also helps because it gets you outside and active.

Final Thoughts

Stress is not easy to deal with. You can try meditation, but listening to soothing music is often enough to calm you. Try to remember that stressors are usually temporary. Serious health concerns and looming deadlines tend to feel like they are the only things that matter, but you should stay focused on living your life to the fullest.



By: Dr. Sid Solomon is a dentist based out of Westlake and Thousand Oaks in Southern California. Sid Solomon has over twenty years of experience, passionately practicing dentistry. Read Dr. Sid Solomon DDS Reviews online to see the difference an experienced dentist makes.

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